“A Conversation with My Father” by Grace Paley can be found in The Collected Stories (FSG). A charming audio version of the story, read by novelist Ali Smith, is online at the Guardian.
Amelia’s literary crushes: John Irving (her favorite is A Prayer for Owen Meany) and Ann M. Martin (The Baby-Sitters Club series). Amelia’s favorite Baby-Sitters Club book is Super Special #1: Baby-Sitters on Board.
The list of stories A.J. recommends to Maya:
“The Beauties” by Anton Chekov
“The Doll’s House” by Katherine Mansfield
“A Perfect Day for Bananafish” by J.D. Salinger
“Brownies” and “Drinking Coffee Elsewhere” by Z.Z. Packer
“In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson Is Buried” by Amy Hempel
“Fat” by Raymond Carver
“Indian Camp” by Ernest Hemingway
Page 179 – 184
“My Grandmother’s Hands” by John Furness and “The Journey” by Virginia Kim are not real stories. However, “A Trip to the Beach” by Maya Fikry can be found on page 189 of The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry.